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The Sikh Coalition News
October 5, 2022
  • Second Legal Conference Brings Experts to Discuss Current Civil Rights Challenges

    October 5, 2022 (New York, NY) -- Last Friday, legal professionals and law students joined the conversation on the core civil rights issues facing Sikhs and other underrepresented groups during the Sikh Coalition’s second virtual legal conference, Realizing Justice For All.

    Hosted in partnership with law firms Winston & Strawn, LLP and Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP, the conference brought together experts in civil rights for discussions on topics including: free speech in the age of disinformation and censorship, and what it means to hold social media platforms accountable; what Critical Race Theory is and what it isn’t; and the ongoing battle for voting rights.

    “This year’s conference reinforced the importance of collaboration in tackling the civil rights issues that are currently affecting all of our communities,” said Amrith Kaur Aakre, Sikh Coalition Legal Director. “As the Sikh Coalition continues fighting to ensure Sikhs can practice their faith fearlessly, we are honored to be working alongside a slate of community leaders, activists, and experts in ensuring that underrepresented communities nationwide can do the same.”

    During the conference, we were honored to have our special guest speakers Janai Nelson and Paul Grewal discuss their approaches to leadership and the need for our communities to band together to create change.

    In addition, we were excited to recognize the Stanford University Law School Religious Liberty Clinic as the recipient of the 2022 Pro Bono Sevadar of the Year award! The clinic was recognized for its commitment to combating religious bias and bigotry in a manner that exemplifies what being a Sevadar truly means. Previously, the clinic has partnered with the Sikh Coalition on numerous matters, including the 2016 landmark settlement against trucking giant J.B. Hunt for discriminatory employment practices against Sikh drivers and a 2021 manual for Sikh applicants navigating the U.S. asylum system.

    Finally, we are grateful to all of our conference speakers and panelists who shared their expertise:

    • Janai Nelson (President, Director-Counsel, Legal Defense Fund)
    • Paul Grewal (Chief Legal Officer, Coinbase Global Inc.)
    • Jaskaran Singh Sandhu (Co-Founder, BAAZ)
    • Corynne McSherry (Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation)
    • Jasleen Kohli (Executive Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA Law)
    • Dr. Jason Oliver Chang (Director, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut)
    • Emerson Sykes (Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project)
    • Sophia Lin Lakin (Interim Co-Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project)
    • Angelica Razo (Texas State Director, Mi Familia Vota)

    Thank you again to the sponsors who made Realizing Justice For All possible with their support! These sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; WilmerHale; Robins Kaplan LLP; the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA), and the SABA Foundation.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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